South Atlantic Council Meetings

In addition to a Council Member Visioning Workshop, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a joint meeting of the Ecosystem-Based Management Committee and Habitat & Environmental Protection Committee as well as meetings of the: Dolphin Wahoo Committee; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review Committee (partially CLOSED SESSION); Snapper Grouper Committee; King & Spanish Mackerel Committee; Advisory Panel Selection Committee (CLOSED SESSION); Scientific & Statistical Selection Committee (CLOSED SESSION); Law Enforcement Committee (CLOSED SESSION); Executive Finance Committee; Protected Resources Committee; Data Collection Committee; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will take action as necessary. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session regarding agenda items and a formal public comment session.

The Council meeting will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2013 until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013.

ADDRESSES:
    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Hutchinson Island
Marriott, 555 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996; telephone: (800)
775-5936 or (772) 225-3700; fax: (772) 225-7131.
    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055
Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information
Officer, SAFMC; telephone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC-10;
fax: (843) 769-4520; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The items of discussion in the individual
meeting agendas are as follows:

Council Member Visioning Workshop Agenda, Monday, June 10, 2013, 9 a.m.
Until 12 noon

    1. Receive a recapitulation of the March 2013 Visioning Workshop.
    2. Review the visioning decision document as well as the Snapper
Grouper Fishery Management Plan (FMP) objectives.
    3. Develop a Vision Statement and provide guidance to staff.

Joint Ecosystem-Based Management Committee and Habitat & Environmental
Protection Committee Agenda, Monday, June 10, 2013, 1:30 p.m. Until 3
p.m.

    1. Receive a report on the following Advisory Panel (AP) meetings:
Coral AP; Habitat & Environmental Protection AP; and Deepwater Shrimp
AP.
    2. Review and discuss actions and alternatives in Coral Amendment
8, pertaining to Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) and
transit through the Oculina HAPC. Review and discuss spatial
information on habitat mapping and fishery activity for modified Coral
HAPC area alternatives. Provide guidance to staff and recommend
approval of Coral Amendment 8 for public hearings.
    3. Receive and discuss an update on ecosystem activities and
provide guidance to staff.

Dolphin Wahoo Committee Agenda, Monday, June 10, 2013, 3 p.m. Until
4:30 p.m.

    1. Receive and discuss updates on the status of commercial and
recreational catches versus quotas.
    2. Review and discuss comments from the Dolphin Wahoo AP meeting.
    3. Review the Decision Document for Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5,
pertaining to bag limit sales of fish and changes to the Annual Catch
Limit (ACL) and the Allowable Biological Catch (ABC). Discuss actions
and alternatives to Amendment 5, select preferred alternatives and
recommend approval of the amendment for public hearings.

Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee Agenda, Monday,
June 10, 2013, 4:30 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. (Note: A Portion of This
Meeting Will be CLOSED)

    1. Receive a SEDAR activities update, review SEDAR Steering
Committee recommendations and provide guidance to Committee members.
    2. Receive an overview of the report and recommendations from the
Only Reliable Catch Stocks (ORCS) Workshop.
    3. Receive an overview of Council research prioritization and
approve a research plan.
    4. Develop recommendations for the following SEDAR projects: SEDAR
38 (King Mackerel) Schedule and Terms of Reference (TOR); SEDAR 32
(Gray Triggerfish and Blueline Tilefish) and SEDAR 36 (Snowy Grouper)
TOR review; and participants for SEDAR 38 and SEDAR 36.

    Note: There will be an informal public question and answer
session with the NMFS Regional Administrator and the Council
Chairman on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Snapper Grouper Committee Agenda, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
Until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 8:30 a.m. Until 12 noon

    1. Receive and discuss the status of commercial and recreational
catches versus ACLs.
    2. Receive a report on total removals of red snapper in 2012 from
United States South Atlantic waters.
    3. Receive an update on the status of the following amendments
under formal Secretarial review: Regulatory Amendment 13, pertaining to
MRIP (Marine Recreational Information Program) adjustments; Regulatory
Amendment 15, relating to Yellowtail Snapper, Gag Grouper and Red
Snapper; Amendment 28, regarding the Red Snapper framework; Amendment
27, pertaining to the management authority, framework and crew size for
Blue Runner; Regulatory Amendment 18, relating to Vermilion Snapper and
Red Porgy; and Regulatory Amendment 19, pertaining to Black Sea Bass.
    4. Receive updates on the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment
and Prediction Program (MARMAP), the Southeast Area Monitoring and
Assessment Program (SEAMAP) and the Southeast Fishery-Independent
Survey (SEFIS) group.
    5. Receive reports on the Snapper Grouper AP meeting and the
Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) meeting.
    6. Receive an overview of Regulatory Amendment 14, relating to a
multitude of species in the Snapper Grouper FMP, and Regulatory
Amendment 16, pertaining to Golden Tilefish. Provide guidance to staff
and recommend approval of the amendments for public hearings.

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    7. Receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 30, regarding
Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS); review public hearing comments;
discuss recommendation of approval of Amendment 30 for formal
Secretarial review; and deem the codified text as necessary and
appropriate.
    8. Receive an update on Snapper Grouper Amendment 29, pertaining to
allocations and ORCS; and provide guidance to staff on content and
timing of the amendment.
    9. Receive an overview of options for Snapper Grouper Amendment 22,
relating to tags in order to track recreational harvest of species; and
provide guidance to staff on content and timing of the amendment.

King & Spanish Mackerel Committee Agenda, Wednesday, June 12, 2013,
1:30 p.m. Until 5 p.m.

    1. Receive and discuss the status of commercial and recreational
catches versus ACLs for Atlantic group King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel
and Cobia.
    2. Receive and discuss an SSC report on SEDAR 28, pertaining to
Spanish Mackerel and Cobia, and take action as necessary.
    3. Receive a report on the King & Spanish Mackerel AP meeting.
    4. Receive an overview of the Joint South Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico
(Gulf) Mackerel Amendment 19, pertaining to permits and tournament sale
requirements, and the Joint Mackerel Amendment 20, regarding boundaries
and transit provisions; select preferred alternatives for the
amendments; modify the amendments as appropriate; provide guidance to
staff; and recommend approval of the amendments for public hearings.
    5. Receive an overview of actions in the South Atlantic Mackerel
Framework; select preferred alternatives; modify the amendment as
appropriate; provide guidance to staff; and recommend approval of the
South Atlantic Framework actions for public hearings.

    Note: A formal public comment session will be held on Wednesday,
June 12, 2013, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Snapper Grouper Amendment
30, followed by comment on any other item on the Council agenda. The
amount of time provided to individuals will be determined by the
Chairman based on the number of individuals wishing to comment.

AP Selection Committee Agenda, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 8:30 a.m. Until
9:30 a.m. (Closed Session)

    1. Review AP applications and develop recommendations for
appointments and reappointments.

SSC Selection Committee Agenda, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
Until 10:30 a.m. (Closed Session)

    1. Review SSC and Socio-Economic Panel (SEP) applications and
develop recommendations for appointments and reappointments.

Law Enforcement Committee Agenda, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Until 11 a.m. (Closed Session)

    1. Review Law Enforcement Officer of the Year nominations and
develop a recommendation for officer of the year.

Executive Finance Committee Agenda, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 11 a.m.
Until 12 noon

    1. Receive an update on the status of Council calendar year (CY)
2013 funding as well as CY 2013 budget expenditures.
    2. Receive an update on the Joint Committee on South Florida
Management Issues activities and discuss the Florida Tarpon issue.
    3. Discuss Council Follow-up and Priorities and address other
issues as appropriate.

Protected Resources Committee Agenda, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 1:30
p.m. Until 3 p.m.

    1. Receive an update from the Southeast Regional Office (SERO)
Protected Resources Division on the following: Atlantic Sturgeon; coral
species; Right Whales and the interaction with the Black Sea Bass pot
fishery; Nassau Grouper; and Herring.
    2. Receive briefings on the American Eel and Loggerhead Sea Turtles
and critical habitat.
    3. Discuss updates and briefings and take action as appropriate.

Data Collection Committee Agenda, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 3 p.m. Until
5 p.m.

    1. Receive an update on the status of the review of the Joint South
Atlantic/Gulf Generic Dealer Amendment and the Joint South Atlantic/
Gulf Generic For-Hire Reporting Amendment (South Atlantic portion
only); discuss the amendments and take action as appropriate.
    2. Receive a project report on the pilot study that tested the
feasibility of electronic logbook reporting in the Gulf for for-hire
vessels, including a briefing on the project findings and the next
possible steps for the project. Discuss the report and the briefing and
take action as appropriate.
    3. Receive an overview on the Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP)
Framework for Headboat Reporting in the Gulf; discuss the overview;
provide guidance to staff; and approve the next steps for the CMP
Framework.
    4. Receive an overview of both the Joint South Atlantic/Gulf
Generic Commercial Logbook Reporting Amendment and the Joint South
Atlantic/Gulf Generic Charterboat Reporting Amendment as well as an
overview of Gulf actions for the amendments; discuss the overviews;
provide guidance to staff; and recommend approval of the next steps for
the amendments.
    5. Receive an overview of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center
(SEFSC) sampling protocols (size/age) for biological samples and Red
Snapper and Black Sea Bass research projects; discuss the overview; and
take action as appropriate.

Council Session Agenda, Friday, June 14, 2013, 8 a.m. Until 1:30 p.m.

    8-8:15 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, approve
the May 2013 minutes, and receive a presentation.
    8:15-9 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Snapper
Grouper Committee and is scheduled to approve Regulatory Amendments 14
and 16 for public hearings. The Council will either approve or disprove
Snapper Grouper Amendment 30 for formal Secretarial review. The Council
will consider other Committee recommendations and take action as
appropriate.
    9-9:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Joint
Ecosystem-Based Management Committee and Habitat & Environmental
Protection Committee and is scheduled to approve Coral Amendment 8 for
public hearings. The Council will consider other Committee
recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    9:15-9:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Dolphin
Wahoo Committee and is scheduled to approve Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5
for public hearings. The Council will consider other Committee
recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    9:30-9:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SEDAR
Committee and is scheduled to approve the SEDAR Research Plan. The
Council is scheduled to approve the following: SEDAR 38 Schedule and
TOR; SEDAR 32 and 36 TOR reviews; and participants for SEDAR 38 and
SEDAR 36. The Council will consider other Committee recommendations and
take action as appropriate.
    9:45-10 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Council
Member Visioning Workshop and is scheduled to approve the Vision
Statement. The Council will consider

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other workshop recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    10-10:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the King &
Spanish Mackerel Committee and is scheduled to approve the following
for public hearings: Mackerel Amendment 19; Mackerel Amendment 20; and
South Atlantic Framework actions. The Council will consider other
Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    10:15-10:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the AP
Selection Committee and is scheduled to approve Committee
recommendations for the appointment/reappointment of AP members. The
Council will consider other Committee recommendations and take action
as appropriate.
    10:30-10:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SSC
Selection Committee and is scheduled to approve Committee
recommendations for the appointment/reappointment of SSC members. The
Council will consider other Committee recommendations and take action
as appropriate.
    10:45-11 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Law
Enforcement Committee and will choose the Law Enforcement Officer of
the Year. The Council will consider other Committee recommendations and
take action as appropriate.
    11-11:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Executive
Finance Committee; will approve the Council Follow-up and Priorities
documents; and will take action on the Florida Tarpon issue. The
Council will consider other Committee recommendations and take action
as appropriate.
    11:15-11:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the
Protected Resources Committee and will consider Committee
recommendations. The Council will take action as appropriate.
    11:30-11:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Data
Collection Committee and will consider Committee recommendations. The
Council will take action as appropriate.
    11:45-1:30 p.m.: The Council will receive presentations and status
reports from the NOAA Southeast Regional Office (SERO) and the NMFS
SEFSC, including the status of Shrimp Amendment 9, which would expedite
the closure process during severe cold events in order to protect
overwintering shrimp populations and would revise the Minimum Stock
Size Threshold (MSST) proxy for Pink Shrimp. The Council will review
and develop recommendations on Experimental Fishing Permits as
necessary; review agency and liaison reports; and discuss other
business, including upcoming meetings. The Council will also hold a
Closed Session to address litigation if necessary.
    Documents regarding these issues are available from the Council
office (see ADDRESSES).

 

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